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Shows: September 6th to 9th, 2017

Technical rehearsals: September 4th - 6th, 2017

Venue: The School of Dance, 200 Crichton St., Ottawa, K1M 1W2

Deadline for applications: March 22th, 2017



Dark Horse Dance Projects (DHDP) is Ottawa’s annual not-for-profit open-themed contemporary dance creation and presentation platform. DHDP is dedicated to presenting a variety of brand new work from contemporary choreographers of all career stages who are based in Ottawa or who have demonstrated valuable links to our dance community. Our mandate is to kick-start and maintain viable and innovative careers for local contemporary dance artists and to support, advocate and propel their artistic work. We aim to generate creative innovation locally and invest in building community interest in contemporary dance.




**Please read the following carefully as it contains very important information regarding our 2017 performance venue and lighting capabilities.**




DHDP will be fostering the creation and presentation of eight new contemporary dance works in our 2017 edition (six pieces of 10 to 12 minutes and two longer pieces of 20 to 25 minutes). We will have 4 performance evenings and each piece will be shown on 2 out of the 4 nights.

DHDP asks all choreographers to explore a new idea rather than remounting a previously created piece. We invite you to propose an idea in any direction you wish within the parameters of our 2017 performance venue and lighting capabilities (see below).

This year, our performances will be held at The School of Dance, a three story historic building in Ottawa which has wonderful character and potential for creating intriguing performance spaces. Performances will take place in various studio and/or hallway spaces throughout the school and audiences will be ushered around the building to the different spaces. 




DHDP offers all choreographers creative residencies in Ottawa (up to 30 hours for 10-12 minute pieces and up to 45 hours for 20-25 minute pieces) and the chance to work with one of the experienced artistic mentors we have selected (TBC).

DHDP will offer performance fees for both the choreographer and dancers. Artists selected for the creation of a 20 to 25 minute piece will receive a slightly higher fee. DHDP cannot offer payment for any other live performer (musician, etc.) or collaborator.

All artists will receive full technical support including a technical and dress rehearsal. 

Please note that because this year’s performances will take place in a school space we will not be able to offer overhead lighting of any kind or accommodate the use of a projector. We will be asking all artists to keep their lighting requirements to a minimum. Please take this into consideration in your application and for your creative process. If you have questions regarding lighting, please contact us.


DHDP will offer artists a video of their work in performance




1. You are eligible for this opportunity if you are:

    a)  a dance artist who has completed a professional dance training program 


    b)  a professional dance artist who has presented her or his own work publicly

2. We encourage applications for both group and solo works, however, if you propose a group project, note that we cannot guarantee we will have funds to cover fees for all dancers. We recommend no more than 4 or 5 dancers be part of your application. However, know that if selected, we may still ask you to consider a smaller group. 

3. Artists must be available for the entire week of September 4th to September 9th, 2017. If you have any conflicts within this week, you must inform us in your application.

4. Residencies will be available from April until August in Ottawa at The School of Dance and Ottawa Dance Directive. Both of these locations will have limited dates available, but we will aim to accommodate your schedule as well as we can within these dates. Any additional studio space cannot be covered by DHDP. 





Please send the following information via email to by March 22th, 2017 (no late applications will be accepted):


  1. Application form (download below)   

  2. Applicant CV  

  3. What is your relationship to the Ottawa contemporary dance community? (150 words)  

  4. Describe the idea you wish to explore and/or your creative process. Include a list of dancers names and any other collaborators. (350 words)  

  5. How will participation in Dark Horse Dance Projects contribute to your current artistic goals? (150 words)  

  6. A YouTube or Vimeo link to a video of your work.


For applicants based outside of Ottawa only:


  1. As DHDP was initiated as an opportunity to increase the visibility of Ottawa based dance artists, please explain how your work will contribute to the Ottawa dance community and why you would like to be part of DHDP this year. (200 words)  

Please note that we do not have funds to pay for any transportation or accommodation in Ottawa.

Download the Application form here:



Download the Call for Artists here:

Call for Artists / Appel de projets 2017



Please contact for any questions about your application.

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